Oregon awaiting NCAA's decision

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Now that spring football is all wrapped up, the Oregon Ducks wait to hear what the NCAA will decide about possible recruiting violations.

New coach Mark Helfrich said earlier this week that it’s “business as usual” as the Ducks head into the summer. His comments came following published reports that Oregon appeared last month before the NCAA infractions committee over possible recruiting violations.

“Our general feeling has been to go about our business and not comment on the ongoing deal, as we’ve been requested to. Our guys have done a great job focusing on what they can control, and that’s not one of those things,” he said on a Pac-12 coaches conference call.

The NCAA has been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks will meet North Carolina to open the 2015 season in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The game will be on Sept. 5, 2015.

The Tar Heels will travel to Columbia to face the Gamecocks in this fall’s opener on Aug. 29. That will be the first meeting between the programs since 2007, when South Carolina beat North Carolina 21-15

KENTUCKY: Junior safety Ashely Lowery was released from the hospital less than a week after a serious car accident and could be back on campus by June.

Family friend and spokesman Doug Stutsman said Friday in a telephone interview that Lowery was released Thursday from Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga., where he spent several days in intensive care after the wreck last Saturday morning near his hometown of Cleveland, Ga. The two-year letterman was not wearing a seat belt when he was thrown 100 feet from his car.

The vehicle overturned several times after leaving the road in White County.

Stutsman says Lowery suffered only “bumps and bruises” and could return to Lexington in time to help first-year Wildcats coach Mark Stoops with summer youth camps.


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